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Forum topic by tacodan posted 08-19-2011 01:28 AM 827 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2011 01:28 AM

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Thoughts on repairing antique furniture. Failed joints that have been very badly fixed several times in the past, meaning, layers of old wood glue on old dowels and on the split, or failed joint. Not looking for museum restoration, just a sound repair for functionality. My skills are intermediate, but long on patience! Thanks, Tacodan

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 02:06 AM

You gotta really read up on this stuff because each situation is
different. Screws and nails really tear the joints up. Sometimes
you have to retire a chair and fix it just to look at. Sometimes the
joints are so far gone it’s either replace major parts of the piece
with new or reclaimed parts from similar furniture, or just let the
piece be decorative and fragile.

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#2 posted 08-19-2011 02:42 AM

Real antiques might offer the chance to get them dismanteled without destroying the pieces and then reassemble them properly. Depends on the glue used and requires further reading as Loren has just said.

In rare cases I would consider through-dowels as a last resort. An expanding PU glue could work as well as epoxy (possibly with a vac from the underside to get it into severe cracks). Some people get the glue inside a weak joint with a syringe.

I’d use all possible means however to get rid of the old glue first.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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